Containing twice the amount of copper as the half cent. the Large Cent began production in 1793 and was produced at the Philadelphia mint. There were a number of variations including the Flowing chain reverse (1793), Flowing Hair wreath reverse (1793), Liberty Cap (1793–1796), Draped Bust (1796–1807), Classic Head (1808–1814), Coronet (1816–1857), Matron Head (1816–1839), Braided Hair (1839–1857; 1868). It was referred to as the Large Cent because of its size. The diameter was 1 1/8 inch and was composed of nearly pure copper.
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